Tips & Tricks

NaNoWriMo

While many people are planning holiday feasts and last minute shopping, writers are silent. NaNoWriMo aka NaNo aka National Novel Writing Month is a huge event in the writing world, and writers strive to reach their daily goal of 1500 words. At the end of 30 days, if they reach their daily goals, they win NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNo?

NaNoWriMo is a free event that happens on a global scale. It’s meant to build consistency, to write without limits, and to get the draft down as quickly as possible to avoid overediting instead of writing.

Common Answers About NaNo

  • It’s free.
  • You don’t have to start a new project. You can finish up those writing projects you’ve been working on.
  • It doesn’t have to be a novel. You can do short stories, blog posts, notes about what you want to write on, plot outlines, etc. and all of those words count toward your daily/monthly goal. Remember, it’s about building consistency.
  • You don’t need experience in writing to participate.
  • They have a mini NaNo for younger participants.
  • Those who have some sort of planning/plot in mind have a higher chance of reaching 50k words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pants your way to it.

NaNo offers community hubs via their website, and FB lights up with dozens of groups and posts within the established groups for exchanging user names, providing support and encouragement.

What happens if I win?

NaNo is a recognized event, and many established companies like Scrivener and IngramSpark offer discounts on products.

What if I don’t reach your goal?

What was the goal? The word count? The word count is just there to go “look how far I came.” Keep track of what you did every day to reaffirm how far you’ve come.

NaNo has “camps.” These are mini versions of November, and participating in them can help train your mind/body to become accustom to what you’re asking of it.

Maybe your issue is your actual word count. Check out bit.ly/WwDWordCounts to see the things you can do to help.

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